Me and My Dad!

Alison Ritchie, Author, Alison Edgson, Illustrator , illus. by Alison Edgson. Good Books $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56148-565-9

Ritchie (What Bear Likes Best! ) introduces one lucky cub: his daddy bear is a bit goofy (he likes to play in the rain), confidently protective (his thick coat makes a good hiding place during a thunderstorm), always ready for adventure (whether it's swimming in the river or exploring the forests) and a great storyteller. "My dad is the best/ daddy bear there could be," reads the text, as the young ursine narrator and his father cuddle under a blanket. "We're together forever—/my dad and me." Edgson (The Emperor's New Clothes ) lifts this familiar tribute book above the ordinary with her impressionistic settings and backgrounds. The artist portrays the rain-drenched forest, for example, through gradations of gauzy lavenders, blues and yellows, while only hinting at the trees. At the same time, her bears possess a strong sense of physicality and strength. Their coats may be golden and velvety, but their surprisingly lanky bodies exude an easygoing boisterousness that feels distinctly, authentically and joyfully male. Ages 3-7. (May)

Reviewed on: 03/12/2007
Release date: 04/01/2007
Paperback - 1 pages - 978-0-545-02064-0
Board Books - 22 pages - 978-1-58925-576-0
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-1-58925-158-8
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